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Three killed in Mexican mine explosion

02 December 2012

On November 30 local authorities told the Efe news agency that three people were killed and three others injured in an explosion at a mine in the central Mexican municipality of Zacazonapan. The mine is operated by Tizapa, a subsidiary of Peñoles, and produces silver, gold, zinc and copper.

A Mexican emergency services official said miners were conducting a detonation with explosives which caused a cave-in, and others were still trapped underground.

The blast was caused "by human error," Mexico state Governor Eruviel Avila said, expressing regret over the loss of life. The state Attorney General's Office will "carry out investigations in coordination with relevant federal authorities," the governor said.

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